Guide to the Best Lookouts in the Blue Mountains

Last updated: August 20, 2020

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We have shortlisted the 25 best Blue Mountains lookouts, from the Wentworth Falls area to Mount Victoria, via Leura, Katoomba, and Blackheath.

The Blue Mountains is by far one of the most popular day trip destinations from Sydney. Suitable to visit during all four seasons, the Greater Blue Mountains region consists of several National Park areas and a conservation reserve.

The region is home to a large number of impressive lookouts, some very popular and easy to get to, others not so well-known and located off the beaten track.

The dense eucalyptus vegetation, which is causing that typical blue haze you can often see from the lookouts, is one of the reasons the Greater Blue Mountains Area was officially listed as a World Heritage site in the year 2000 by UNESCO.

Top 25 Blue Mountains Lookouts:
LookoutWhere
1Lincoln’s RockWentworth Falls
2Jamison LookoutWentworth Falls
3Princes Rock LookoutWentworth Falls
4Wentworth Falls LookoutWentworth Falls
5Fletchers LookoutWentworth Falls
6Rocket Point LookoutWentworth Falls
7Queen Victoria LookoutWentworth Falls
8Sublime Point LookoutLeura
9Gordon Falls LookoutLeura
10Olympian RockLeura
11Tarpeian RockLeura
12Echo Point LookoutKatoomba
13Spooners LookoutKatoomba
14Cliff View LookoutKatoomba
15Juliets BalconyKatoomba
16Cahill’s LookoutKatoomba
17Norths LookoutKatoomba
18Evans LookoutBlackheath
19Govetts Leap LookoutBlackheath
20George Phillips LookoutBlackheath
21Pulpit Rock LookoutBlackheath
22Perrys LookdownBlackheath
23Baltzer LookoutBlackheath
24Victoria Falls LookoutMount Victoria
25Mitchell Ridge LookoutMount Victoria

25 Best Blue Mountains Lookouts

Below is our top 25 best lookouts in the Blue Mountains, with links to their locations underneath the photos. We’ve grouped the lookouts by region, to make it easier for you to plan your day.

Some of these lookout points are easily accessible by car, while others require a bit of bushwalking to get to.

Please note that the following Blue Mountains lookouts have wheelchair access:

  1. Jamison Lookout
  2. Wentworth Falls Lookout
  3. Echo Point Lookout
  4. Spooners Lookout
  5. Cliff View Lookout
  6. Govetts Leap Lookout
  7. George Phillips Lookout

— Lookouts in the Wentworth Falls Area —

1. Lincoln’s Rock

Located south of Wentworth Falls on the Kings Tableland plateau, Lincoln’s Rock is one of the most impressive lookout points in the greater Blue Mountains region.

The Kings Tableland plateau forms the eastern boundary of Jamison Valley, and extends south to McMahons Point lookout and beyond, with views over Lake Burragorang.

Lincoln's Rock in the Blue Mountains
Lincoln’s Rock [map]

For thousands of years, the area that we now know as Kings Tableland was a place of significance to the Aboriginal Gandangara people.

With sweeping views of Jamison Valley and beyond, Lincoln’s Rock is a unique and historically important sight that is a must-visit.

2. Jamison Lookout

The Jamison Lookout is the first major lookout point you will see when you park your car at the Wentworth Falls picnic area car park along Sir H Burrell Drive.

This impressive lookout point offers beautiful scenic views over the Jamison Valley towards Mount Solitary and beyond.

Jamison Lookout
Jamison Lookout [map]

Whilst you can’t see much of the actual Wentworth Falls waterfall from this lookout point, the views are impressive enough to get you excited about what’s to come.

From this lookout it’s only a short walk to the top of the waterfall, with various other lookouts to enjoy along the way.

3. Princes Rock Lookout

The Princes Rock Lookout is one of the best lookout points in the Wentworth Falls area, with fantastic views of the waterfall itself as well as of the valley below and surrounding escarpments.

Princes Rock Lookout
Princes Rock Lookout [map]

To reach this beautiful, but somewhat hidden, lookout, you have to follow the short Princes Rock walking track that starts from Sir H Burrell Drive.

Simply look out for the signs, and the lookout is pretty easy to find via the scenic walking track through bushland.

4. Wentworth Falls Lookout

Similar to the Jamison Lookout, the official Wentworth Falls Lookout is also directly accessible from Sir H Burrell Drive.

Wentworth Falls Lookout
Wentworth Falls Lookout [map]

This lookout provides great views over the Jamison Valley, but from a slightly different angle, with glimpses of the top of waterfall.

Despite its name, you can’t actually see much of the waterfall. But fear not, because the next lookout in this list of best Blue Mountains lookouts definitely makes up for that.

5. Fletchers Lookout

The Fletchers Lookout is located very close to the top of Wentworth Falls, and as such offers great views of the waterfall as well as of the Jamison Valley.

Fletchers Lookout
Fletchers Lookout [map]

This rather small lookout point is clearly signposted as a little detour from the main Wentworth Falls walking track.

From the Fletchers Lookout, it’s only a short walk to the top of the waterfall, from where you can continue on to the Rocket Point Lookout.

6. Rocket Point Lookout

The Rocket Point lookout is another hidden gem that often gets overlooked by visitors to Wentworth Falls, despite the fact that this lookout offers the best views of the waterfall.

Rocket Point Lookout
Rocket Point Lookout [map]

The fenced Rocket Point lookout is located high on a cliff edge, offering scenic views of the waterfall, the huge valley below, and the massive cliff walls surrounding the valley.

From the top of the waterfall, the lookout point can be accessed via a short loop walk that is marked with a small signpost at the intersection.

7. Queen Victoria Lookout

The Queen Victoria lookout is a little known lookout point that can best be accessed via the Empress Falls track in Wentworth Falls.

This walking track to a very pretty waterfall starts at the Conservation Hut, and the actual lookout is only a few hundred metres away from the starting point.

Queen Victoria Lookout
Queen Victoria Lookout [map]

A short side track opens up to the Queen Victoria Lookout, situated above the Valley of the Waters and facing the beautiful Jamison Valley.

The views reach as far as Mount Solitary straight ahead, and on the left, Kings Tableland and the Lincoln’s Rock lookout point can also be identified.

— Lookouts in the Leura Area —

8. Sublime Point Lookout

Perhaps the most impressive lookouts in the Leura area is the Sublime Point Lookout. Interestingly enough, as pretty as the lookout is, it never really gets overly busy there.

Sublime Point Lookout
Sublime Point Lookout [map]

The Jamison Valley views are superb, with Lincoln’s Rock, the Three Sisters, Mount Solitary, and the Ruined Castle also visible on a clear day.

Sublime Point is not only a great destination for scenic views, it’s also a popular spot for birdwatching and rock climbing.

9. Gordon Falls Lookout

The Gordon Falls lookout and picnic area is located in the eastern part of Leura, and marks the end of the famous Prince Henry Cliff Walk.

Despite the fact that this is a very pretty area, it typically never gets as busy as other similar areas in the Leura and Katoomba region of the Blue Mountains.

Gordon Falls Lookout
Gordon Falls Lookout [map]

The lookout point can be accessed via a short walking trail starting at the Gordon Falls picnic area, and is suitable for all ages.

The views from the lookout over the valley to Kings Tableland and Mt Solitary are beautiful, but the waterfall itself is hardly visible during periods of dry weather.

10. Olympian Rock

The Olympian Rock Lookout is a 30 minute walk away from Gordon Falls Lookout, following the Prince Henry Cliff Walk that connects with Echo Point and the Three Sisters.

The views from the lookout are incredible, with the Three Sisters clearly visible, and Mount Solitary further away in the distance.

Olympian Rock
Olympian Rock [map]

This short walk also takes you past Elysian Rock Lookout, another pretty lookout point that is very much worth your visit.

Alternatively, you can park your car on Olympic Drive at Olympian Place in Leura, and follow the short trail to the fenced lookout point.

11. Tarpeian Rock

Situated between Leura Cascades and the Olympian Rock lookout point, the Tarpeian Rock lookout can be easily accessed via a very short walking path from Cliff Drive.

Alternatively, if you’re doing the Prince Henry Cliff Walk, the Tarpeian Rock lookout is not too far away from the Leura Cascades picnic area, heading east.

Tarpeian Rock
Tarpeian Rock [map]

Similar to Olympian Rock and Gordon Falls lookout, Tarpeian Rock also offers panoramic views of the Jamison Valley against the backdrop of Mount Solitary, the Narrow Neck Plateau and the iconic Ruined Castle.

The lookout itself is interesting too, as the natural sandstone platform that you stand on has fascinating circular patterns.

— Lookouts in the Katoomba Area —

12. Echo Point Lookout

The most popular lookout point for tourists is the Echo Point Lookout from where you can enjoy the best views of the famous Three Sisters.

While this lookout is definitely awesome, there are many more beautiful lookout points in the Blue Mountains without the big crowds.

Echo Point Lookout
Echo Point Lookout [map]

Echo Point looks out over Jamison Valley, densely populated with eucalyptus trees and surrounded by massive sandstone cliffs.

Make sure you follow the walking track to the Three Sisters, past the Spooners Lookout and the Oreades Lookout. At the end of this walk, you can reach the Three Sisters via the so-called Honeymoon Bridge.

13. Spooners Lookout

The often ignored Spooners Lookout can be accessed via a short detour from the walk to the Three Sisters from Echo Point. It’s an extra 5 minutes, and the views from this lookout are very much worth it.

Spooners Lookout
Spooners Lookout [map]

The Lookout was named after Eric S. Spooner, an Australian politician who opened part of the Prince Henry Cliff Walk in October 1934.

What’s great about the Spooners Lookout is that it is located only 200m from the Visitor’s Information Centre at Echo Point, and it is also wheelchair friendly.

14. Cliff View Lookout

The popular Cliff View lookout point in the Katoomba area can be reached via a short walk from Katoomba Falls Park.

Clif View Lookout in the Blue Mountains
Clif View Lookout [map]

It’s a very easy, well-signposted walking track that leads to a stunning lookout from where you can enjoy superb views of the valley and the Skyway cable car flying above it.

Similar to the path to the Spooners Lookout, the walking track to the Cliff View Lookout is both family and wheelchair friendly.

15. Juliets Balcony

At Sydney Uncovered, it’s no secret that we are big fans of Katoomba Falls, one of the most beautiful waterfalls in the greater Sydney region.

Juliets Balcony is a somewhat hidden lookout point that provides scenic views of both the waterfall in its entirety as well as the valley below.

Juliets Balcony
Juliets Balcony [map]

Juliets Balcony is part of the Katoomba Falls round walk, which starts and ends at Scenic World in Katoomba, but it’s easy to miss the lookout.

Interestingly enough, the lookout isn’t signposted, but it can be accessed by climbing up a small staircase leading to a rock platform with a fenced-off balcony area.

16. Cahill’s Lookout

Overlooking the gigantic Megalong Valley, Cahills’s Lookout is one of the most impressive lookouts in the Blue Mountains, but without the big tourist crowds.

Quietly tucked away along the westernmost point of Cliff Drive, the lookout offers breathtaking views of the valley, Megalong Head, Boars Head Rock and the Narrow Neck Peninsula.

Cahill's Lookout
Cahill’s Lookout [map]

Unlike other popular lookouts in the area, such as Echo Point and Lincoln’s Rock that overlook the Jamison Valley, Cahills’s Lookout faces the Megalong Valley.

The Narrow Neck Peninsula, clearly visible from the viewing platform, is the plateau in the middle that divides these two large valleys.

17. Norths Lookout

The undiscovered Norths Lookout is situated very close to the starting point of the Six Foot Track, not too far away from the historic Explorers Tree in Katoomba.

One of the very first highlights of the 45km long Six Foot Track is in fact the Norths Lookout, from where you can enjoy great views of the Megalong Valley and Nellies Glen.

Norths Lookout
Norths Lookout [map]

Norths Lookout was named after John Britty North, a stockbroker and mining agent who built and operated the Katoomba Coal Mine in the late 19th century.

From the lookout, the Six Foot Track continues and descends deep into Nellies Glen, and furhter into the Megalong Valley.

— Lookouts in the Blackheath Area —

18. Evans Lookout

Overlooking the immense sandstone cliffs of the Grose Valley, Evans Lookout is one of the most popular vantage points in the Blue Mountains.

It’s also a starting point for several walking tracks nearby that bring you all the way down to the floor of the valley.

Evans Lookout
Evans Lookout [map]

The popular 6km long Grand Canyon Walk starts and ends at the lookout, and takes you into the valley through lush rainforest.

Another famous walking track nearby, the Cliff Top walking track, runs between Evans Lookout and Govetts Leap Lookout along the edge of the cliff.

19. Govetts Leap Lookout

Located at the end of Govetts Leap Road in Blackheath, the incredible Govetts Leap Lookout offers stunning views across of the Grose River Valley and beyond.

The name Govetts Leap refers to the 180 metres high waterfall that is visible from the lookout, which was named after William Govett, a surveyor who was the first European settler to have visited this area.

Govetts Leap Lookout in the Blue Mountains
Govetts Leap Lookout [map]

From the Govetts Leap lookout you have the option to go bushwalking, as several great hiking trails start at the lookout point.

One of these tracks leads to the Barrow Lookout from where you can have enjoy close-up views of the waterfall and the valley it drops into.

20. George Phillips Lookout

The George Phillips Lookout is quite literally located next door to the Govetts Leap Lookout, but gets mostly ignored as many visitors are simply not aware of its existence.

George Phillips Lookout
George Phillips Lookout [map]

This lookout point can be accessed via the 1.8km Fairfax Heritage Walk, a family and wheelchair friendly path between the Blue Mountains Heritage Centre and the Govetts Leap lookout.

The nearby Blue Mountains Heritage Centre is worth a visit. This is where you can get expert advice on the various walking tracks in the area, Aboriginal heritage, plants and animals, and local activities.

21. Pulpit Rock Lookout

Pulpit Rock near Blackheath in the Blue Mountains is a large cliff edge with three lookout points spread across different levels.

A walking path with stairs connects the platforms, with each platform offering a different perspective of the Grose Valley.

Pulpit Rock Lookout
Pulpit Rock Lookout [map]

The Pulpit Rock lookout was first opened to the public in 1935 by Ernest Buttenshaw, the Minister for Lands in the New South Wales government.

It’s not difficult to spend a few hours at Pulpit Rock to take in the panoramic views of the valley and mountain tops on the other side. And without the big crowds, there is more opportunity to make beautiful photos.

22. Perrys Lookdown

The lookout point at Perrys Lookdown marks the start of a very steep walking track to the Blue Gum Forest at the bottom of the Grose Valley.

The panoramic views of the Grose Valley and the high sandstone cliffs of Mount Banks from Perrys Lookdown are fantastic.

Perrys Lookdown
Perrys Lookdown [map]

A short stroll from Perrys Lookdown is the Dockers Lookout which offers similar views, albeit from a slightly different angle. From this lookout you can see glimpses of the Blue Gum Forest at the bottom of the valley.

The hike down into the valley is a challenging, but also a rewarding bushwalk adventure. But do keep in mind though that the climb back out of the valley is one of the steepest climbs in the Blue Mountains!

23. Baltzer Lookout

A 4km firetrail near Blackheath leads to a lookout where not many tourists go.

The Baltzer Lookout stands at the very edge of Burramoko Head, the walled termination of the Burramoko Ridge above Grose Canyon, offering eye-dropping views of the valley and surrounding escarpments.

Hanging Rock and the Baltzer Lookout
Hanging Rock and the Baltzer Lookout [map]

Nearby Hanging Rock, a large sandstone object that hangs out from a cliff, is one of the most iconic landmarks in the greater Blue Mountains region.

The emptiness and isolation at Hanging Rock and the Baltzer Lookout create the perfect atmosphere. A must-visit.

— Lookouts in the Mount Victoria Area —

24. Victoria Falls Lookout

Perched on a cliff edge high above the Grose Valley, the Victoria Falls lookout is the starting point of a short but very steep bushwalk to one of the prettiest waterfalls in the Blue Mountains.

Interestingly enough, the waterfall isn’t actually visible from the lookout. In other words, to see the waterfalls, you’re going to have to head down into the valley!

Victoria Falls Lookout
Victoria Falls Lookout [map]

From the lookout, the track zigzags its way down into the valley. It’s an easy to follow path, first through an area of rocky outcrops and slowly turning into a greener, rainforest-like environment.

Victoria Falls is a stunning waterfall on the Victoria Creek that drops 20m from a rock overhang, with the nearby cascades further upstream also worth a visit.

25. Mitchell Ridge Lookout

The Mitchell Ridge Lookout is one of those rare lookouts in the Blue Mountains where in all likelyhood you won’t find anyone else around when you’re there.

This historic lookout is located along the Great Western Highway just before the Victoria Pass. The lookout offers scenic views over the valley in the south, but also of the old Victoria Pass which was opened in 1832 as the gateway to central and western NSW.

Mitchell Ridge Lookout
Mitchell Ridge Lookout [map]

The lookout is named after Sir Thomas Livingstone Mitchell, a surveyor and explorer who supervised the construction of the Victoria Pass. A monement at the lookout commemorates the opening of this historic piece of Australian engineering.

There’s another lookout very close to the Mitchell Ridge Lookout that is very similar. That one is called Sunset Rock Lookout, and is only a kilometre away from Mitchel Ridge.

Although the views are similar, and we thought the Mitchell Ridge Lookout was a little better, it’s still worthwhile to visit the Sunset Rock Lookout also.

 

FAQs About Lookouts in the Blue Mountains

Here are some of the most frequently asked questions about lookouts in the Blue Mountains.

What are the best Blue Mountains lookouts for tourists?
These are two lookouts in the Blue Mountains that are popular with tourists:

What are great lookouts in the Blue Mountains that involve bushwalking?
These are two lookouts in the Blue Mountains that require bushwalking to get to:

What are good Blue Mountains lookouts that are not so crowded?
These are two good lookouts in the Blue Mountains where you won’t see too many people around:

 

25 Best lookouts in the Blue Mountains

 
 
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